UQ's Academic Scholarship program aims to reward the achievements of outstanding school leavers and gap year students.

If you are a high-achieving student and you are completing Year 12 in 2016 (or you completed in 2015 and you’re on a gap year) then you are encouraged to apply.

Up to 165 scholarships are offered each year, including up to 50 Vice Chancellor's Scholarships, 65 Excellence Scholarships and 50 Merit Scholarships.

Offers will be made after release of year 12 results, starting with Vice Chancellor's scholarship offers, which will be made before Christmas this year.

There are three categories of Academic Scholarship on offer:

UQ Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships

Awarded before Christmas each year to applicants who achieve at the very top of the OP1 band (or ATAR equivalent).

Award Value: $12,000 per year
Duration: Up to 5 years
Level: Undergraduate and any subsequent related postgraduate study such as Honours.
Total Value: up to $60,000

UQ Excellence Scholarships

OP1 (or equivalent) applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic, leadership and/or significant community service achievements during years 11-12.

Award Value: $6,000 per year
Duration: Up to 4 years
Level: Undergraduate and any subsequent related postgraduate study such as Honours.
Total Value: up to $24,000

UQ Merit Scholarships

High achieving students (OP 1-3) who have demonstrated significant academic, leadership and/or community service will be considered.

Award Value: $6,000 
Duration: First year of study
Level: Undergraduate study


Academic scholarships are open to Year 12 and gap year students who:

  • are Australian Citizens or Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa Holders; or
  • are Australian Permanent Residents, New Zealand citizens, or international students who are completing or have completed Years 11 and 12 in Australia;


  • have NOT completed any previous tertiary study other than that undertaken as part of Year 11-12 studies (eg. Enhanced Studies Program); and
  • have applied for a tertiary place through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC); and
  • are intending to enrol as a full-time student in an undergraduate program at The University of Queensland in 2016 (or 2017 if they are deferring their tertiary place); and
  • have UQ listed as their 1st or 2nd QTAC preference.

How to apply

Step 1: Online Application Form
Applicants only need to complete and submit ONE application form to be considered for the three different types of Academic Scholarships on offer.

Before you apply, you will need to apply to QTAC to receive your reference number. Your QTAC number is the reference number which you receive after you have lodged your QTAC application online. Your QTAC number will begin with a '17' (or a '16' if you are a gap year student who applied through QTAC in 2016).

Please answer ALL questions on the Online Application Form. Once you have completed the form, click the SUBMIT link.  The Online Application Form and all supporting documentation for 2017 Academic Scholarships must be received by The University of Queensland by the due date (31 October 2016).  Late applications will NOT be considered.

Once you have submitted the online form, you will receive an email as part of your application process to confirm that your Online Application Form has been successfully submitted. Please contact the UQ Scholarships Office if you haven’t received your confirmation email within two working days of submitting your application.

Step 2: Supporting Documentation/Evidence

Once you have completed the online application form, you will be required to upload documentation to support the academic, leadership and/or community service achievements that you listed in those sections on your application form. All documentation must be uploaded before your application is considered complete - you must upload documentation prior to submitting your application as documentation cannot be added once you have submitted.

Applications without supporting documentation will not be considered. Hard copies of documents are not required at this stage of the process, however verification of documents (originals) may be requested at any future stage. 

Application form

Opening date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 15:45
Closing date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 15:45